Definition of indoctrinate
1 : to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments : teach
2 : to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point of view, or principle
indoctrinationplay \(ˌ)in-ˌdäk-trə-ˈnā-shən\ noun
indoctrinatorplay \in-ˈdäk-trə-ˌnā-tər\ noun
Examples of indoctrinate in a sentence
The goal should be to teach politics, rather than to indoctrinate students in a narrow set of political beliefs.
<indoctrinated children in proper safety procedures>
Did You Know?
Indoctrinate simply means "brainwash" to many people. But its meaning isn't always so negative. When this verb first appeared in English in the 17th century, it simply meant "to teach"-a meaning that followed logically from its Latin root. The "doc" in the middle of indoctrinate derives from the Latin verb docēre, which also means "to teach." Other offspring of "docēre" include "docent" (referring to a college professor or a museum guide), "docile," "doctor," "doctrine," and "document." It was not until the 19th century that "indoctrinate" began to see regular use in the sense of causing someone to absorb and take on certain opinions or principles.
Origin and Etymology of indoctrinate
probably from Middle English endoctrinen, from Anglo-French endoctriner, from en- + doctrine doctrine
First Known Use: 1626
INDOCTRINATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indoctrinate for English Language Learners
: to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs
INDOCTRINATE Defined for Kids
Definition of indoctrinate for Students
: to teach especially the ideas, opinions, or beliefs of a certain group
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